Does it feel like the world has gone mad? The nations are at war with one another, there are committees and meetings between governments to work out problems that seem common sense and simple to solve, yet remain unsolved. The news and the cable tv are littered with drama and disaster.
There are conflicts in marriages, families and communities that seem to never untangle. Is it always been like this? Why? What is going on in the world?
Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.”
The relentless attempts of us to get rid of God it is not new to our generation for its effects stretched wide in our story of the human race.
The idea that we are far better off without any faith in the transcendent seems to leave the world always wanting and restless.
Like a raging sea that never sleeps, the world conspires in vain. We all labour and pursue stuff that we think will calm the raging sea inside of us and make us happy and more in control, but we soon understand that we are left with neither.
What is the answer to our restlessness and turmoil?
Surrender, yes, as we learn it here, the simple yet hard act of surrendering. ’Kiss the Messiah’ … we read today. Submit to him, his love and grace, his will and direction, his peace and salvation, his righteous and justice, his truth and goodness… all this by faith through grace, no works, no tries, no forcing ourself or proving ourselves to be worthy. He came to give us peace with him, peace within us and piece with anyone else, even more so, he came to give us life.
Are you tired of striving? Surrender at his loving arms today.
‘Because you have made us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.’ Augustine, Confessions, 1.1.1.
(see James 4:1-3 / John 3:16/ Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)